Founder Acharya His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Origin of MAN-tra
By Bhaktimarga Swami   |  Nov 09, 2021


In celebration of this weekend’s MAN-tra retreat, Bhaktimarga Swami has written the following poem to help inspire and set the mood.


It was somewhere near Oakland in California
Where people drive everything from Harleys to a Porsche-a

Anuttama and I were ambling on our humble feet
As traffic whizzed by like a roaring missile fleet

We got to talking about an absolute need
An idea sprung up like a tiny budding seed

A retreat for conscious men who do open up
Get drunk on nectar brimming to the edge of the cup

The bonding, we thought, would be most valuable
The feeling that would rub most palpable

There was good reason to have such a meeting
We delighted in thoughts of talks, sports, and eating

So, we assembled together, our first, in 2018
The venue was in the hills of the Appalachian green

It was exciting, it was fresh, it was new
We felt the presence of the Supreme Male who’s blue

The entire retreat became highly stimulating
A time when we took a break from maya’s sting

We get to grow, glow, and learn to be better men
Sensitive, protective, like a rooster to the hen

A Krishna conscious man can feel a true sense of worth
He can make a positive change to impact the Earth

The incentive – to please His Divine Grace Prabhupada
The people, the planet, and most of all, God


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